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Father’s Day 2021

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Father's Day Prayer

Happy Father’s Day …

Men, your presence and mission in the family is irreplaceable! Step up and lovingly, patiently take up your God-given role as protector, provider, and spiritual leader of your home. A father’s role as spiritual head of the family must never be understood or undertaken as domination over others, but only as a loving leadership and a gentle guidance for those in your care. Your fatherhood, my fatherhood, in its hidden, humble way, reflects imperfectly but surely the Fatherhood of God, the Father to those whom the Lord has given us to father.” (Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men)

Next Saturday the TMIY / KofC Into the Breach Summer Video Series continues with the topic of “Fatherhood”.   Join us at 7:40 AM to explore this topic further.

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Understanding the Breach

The video emphasizes the responsibility of fathers to educate and form their children. Curtis Martin says that when fathers “abdicate” the responsibility to form their children, they rob their children “of one of the most significant influences in their life,” leaving them “fatherless.” Matt Birk says that things like prayer and saying the rosary in the family is the “father’s job.”

A FATHER IS … A Protector … Involved … A Loving Husband … AND SO MUCH MORE.

The Knights of Columbus has another initiative for men, Fathers for Good (fathersforgood.org) we invite you to visit. Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad to be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, this Web site is for you.

There is a role only a father can fill and gifts only a father can give. In a culture that often does not favor fatherhood or masculine virtue, we wish to highlight the unique contributions of men, husbands, and fathers. The world would be lacking without them.

The Knights of Columbus wish all the fathers a Happy Father’s Day. May you have many years of happiness surrounded by your families.

We pray for those fathers who have gone home to their Heavenly Father. We encourage all fathers to take advantage of the resources provided through the Knights of Columbus to live up to your potential and become better fathers. God Bless.

Happy Father’s Day … “Men, your presence and mission in the family is irreplaceable! Step up and lovingly, patiently take up your God-given role as protector, provider, and spiritual leader of your home. A father’s role as spiritual head of the family must never be understood or undertaken as domination over others, but only as […]

Into the Breach Summer Program

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Calling Men of St. John’s

What do you want of me today, Lord?   I asked that question when I began this column.  The answer was clear.  Invite men of St. John’s Parish and beyond to join me in battle.

The battle began before we were born, and will continue until Christ comes again.  It is a battle for survival of souls. Men are called to bring their wives and children home to God.  Currently, many families are leaving the church.  Consequently, the church is in crisis now.  The pandemic has made this situation worse, but there is something men can do about it.  You may feel unqualified to join the battle.  However, step into the breach with me.

Men Need a Battle Plan

Inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix, the Knights of Columbus produced a video series which seeks to answer the question of what it means to be a man and how to live as a man in today’s world.  By joining together in brotherhood, men receive the support they need to grow in virtue and to take action to serve Christ and others.   Therefore, That Man is You (TMIY) and the Knights of Columbus (KofC) council of our parish has joined forces to provide all men with a battle plan.

TMIY and KofC Working Together

TMIY normally holds fall and spring sessions, with no sessions during the summer.   The core team decided to continue the weekly rosary throughout the summer.  The link to the Zoom meeting has been shared in Sunday bulletins.

Additionally, they agreed to team up with us to host this special program for the men of our parish.  Special thanks go to Adam Kanyuh, and the other members of the TMIY Core Team, for accepting the invitation to help facilitate this program.

This co-hosted video series will utilize the same Zoom meeting link.  Virtual meetings allow us to offer the program to all men without concern for current social distancing regulations.

Will You Answer the Call

Starting Saturday June 5th, join us for a twelve week video series entitled “Into the Breach”.   Join at either 7:00 AM to pray the rosary with us or at 7:30 AM for the video series only.  We will watch the video together and break into small discussion groups.  A moderator will summarize the week’s topic and conclude in prayer by 8:30 AM.

If you decide to join us, the Zoom Meeting ID is 966 728 9832 and the Passcode is TMIY20.

There is no commitment to attend every week, just come when you can. We are sure you will find this a worthwhile endeavor.

Take the Next Step

Watch the video trailer on our website to learn more about the program.  Sign up for weekly email reminders.  Emails will provide a link to the video and study materials, produced by the Knights of Columbus.

In conclusion, these twelve weeks can prepare you for battle.  Your family will thank you for spending this time in brotherhood.

 

 

 

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Calling Men of St. John’s What do you want of me today, Lord?   I asked that question when I began this column.  The answer was clear.  Invite men of St. John’s Parish and beyond to join me in battle. The battle began before we were born, and will continue until Christ comes again.  It is […]

IL State Council Knight of the Year 2020-2021

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Congratulations Wally Niemczyk – IL State Council Knight of the Year

At the 123rd Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus Convention, one Knight was chosen from the 462 councils and 72,000 Knights in the state, as the Illinois State Council Knight of the Year.

“This Knight is truly an example of how we put our faith into action no matter what challenges we face. This past year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, while taking care of his wife with cancer at home, he was able to remain active serving parish, council, and community and leading others to be better Knights of Columbus.

For his council, he has been instrumental in the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” activities. Since the council was not meeting face to face, he personally reached out to all the council members on a regular basis throughout the pandemic. He administered the Vocation Raffle program, arranged for pickup of charitable collections and council dues.

One of his fund-raising ideas was to create advertising placemat featuring local businesses which were used at various church functions. He started it in 2016 and continued in 2020 even in the midst of a pandemic. The program raised over fifteen thousand dollars for various council charities and for the parish.

For his parish he also helped parishioners on a regular basis to check in to provide information. Last year when parishes were closed, he personally delivered palms to over 40 parishioners who were not able to attend church. He most recently sold the remaining wooden crosses the council had made to raise funds for digital signs to be installed in the narthex.

For his community, he has forged relationships with local business owners and found ways to partner on various council projects. He personally delivered $400 worth of food to the Hanover Township Food Pantry from Sam’s Club and Costco. Most notably this year were his efforts to support homeless veterans. He collected money, gift cards and needed personal items on several weekends and delivered two truckloads of merchandise to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans along with money and gift cards totaling more than five thousand dollars.

All of this done by a Knight in his 70’s, who could have excused himself from all public activities because of his own COVID risk. Because this Knight is so humble, he would not want to accept this recognition, saying rather that the council deserves this credit. But the council will tell you different. This Knight truly exemplifies what it means to follow the mission of Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney and is a shining example of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus. It is my privilege to congratulate Wally Niemczyk from Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 as the Illinois State Council Knight of the Year for 2020-2021.”

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Congratulations Wally Niemczyk – IL State Council Knight of the Year At the 123rd Illinois State Council Knights of Columbus Convention, one Knight was chosen from the 462 councils and 72,000 Knights in the state, as the Illinois State Council Knight of the Year. “This Knight is truly an example of how we put our […]

Thoughts on Memorial Day

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From the Great War to the Gulf War to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, tens of thousands of Knights of Columbus have served during military conflicts. More than 3,300 of them made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and World War II. These men embodied the principles of the Order: charity, unity, fraternity and — especially — patriotism.

This Memorial Day, we honor all the men and women who have died while serving their country, especially the nearly 50 Knights who have died this century during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their family members they left behind attest to their generosity, courage and faith-filled service.

Once again, there will be no field mass this Memorial Day at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, due to the pandemic. However, a group of Fourth Degree Knights from Bishop Sheil Assembly #2330 will assemble there at 10 AM to give tribute to those that gave all to their country. If you are unable to join us in person, please be present in spirit as we pray for all the brave men and women who served God and country.

“Though an army besieges me, my heart will not fear; though war breaks out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

Today we bow our heads and our hearts to You, Lord, that we may remember those who paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for their country. We can never be grateful enough for the sacrifices they made, and we are humbled by their willingness to put their own lives aside for the benefit of ours. Father, carve their sacrifices into our hearts so we may never forget the loss of these heroes.
We pray for this in the Holy name of Your son Jesus. Amen.

In closing, we would like to thank all that contributed to our veterans drive last weekend. Your donations will allow the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans to assist those in need. What a fitting tribute to those who have fallen, knowing that their comrades are being assisted. If you were unable to contribute last weekend, we accept donations for them year-round. Donations can be made at the parish office or online at https://kofc12801.square.site/veterans.

From the Great War to the Gulf War to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, tens of thousands of Knights of Columbus have served during military conflicts. More than 3,300 of them made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and World War II. These men embodied the principles of the Order: charity, unity, fraternity […]

Supporting Homeless Veterans this May

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Knights Serving Soldiers

Did you know that the Knights of Columbus began its social service to soldiers in 1916? During World War I, the Knights of Columbus built and operated KC Huts in training camps throughout the United States and behind the lines in Western Europe.  They all bared the motto “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.” There, soldiers of every faith found a haven during their service to their country.  Today we have the opportunity to continue providing for our soldiers.

Show Your Patriotism

The 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus is based on the principle of Patriotism.  Later this month we celebrate Memorial Day.  As the famous song by Billy Ray Cyrus says, “All gave some … some gave all”.  In honor of those that gave all,  and to those that gave some and are struggling, Mary’s Millennium Council once again appeals to the community to assist us in helping our homeless veterans.

It is sad to say that there are veterans in our midst left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental health issues.  The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans mission is to “Leave No Hero Behind”.  This fits nicely with the Knights of Columbus “Leave No Neighbor Behind”.

Most Needed Items

We have contacted the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans for their current needs to keep their shelves stocked.     Items most in need include:

 

All Purpose Cleaner e.g., Mr. Clean, Fabuloso (Standard Size Please) Toothpaste
Bathroom cleaning Spray e.g., Clorox, Scrubbing Bubbles Deodorant Men’s and Women’s
Liquid Laundry Soap (Standard Size Please) Shampoo
Toilet Bowl Cleaner Body Wash
Dish Soap Aerosol Disinfectant Spray (Lysol)
Glass Cleaner Visa & Other Gift Cards
Comet/Ajax Postage Stamps

 

For ease of shopping, also look for their Wish List on Amazon.com https://a.co/b3ifTXn

Collecting May 22-23 at St. John’s

We will be collecting your donations after all the masses on May 22-23.  Donations can also be dropped off at the parish office, or contact us at Knights@mystjohns.org to make other arrangements.  Monetary donations can be made at https://kofc12801.square.site/veterans using your credit card or Google Pay.

When dropping off your donated items, please consider a financial donation designated for the Freedom Commissary.  Monetary donations help cover operational costs, allowing them to continue providing household & personal items free of charge to Veterans and their families.

Thank You to Veterans and You for Supporting Them

In conclusion, the MSHV cannot achieve their mission alone, and they have relied on organizations like our council to help. Last November the parish graciously responded to our request.  This allowed the shelter to provide an additional $100 food gift card to each veteran picking up their wish list items.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our charitable projects.  God Bless our Nations Heroes who bravely served our country.  As Memorial Day approaches, we also remember those that gave all.

 

Knights Serving Soldiers Did you know that the Knights of Columbus began its social service to soldiers in 1916? During World War I, the Knights of Columbus built and operated KC Huts in training camps throughout the United States and behind the lines in Western Europe.  They all bared the motto “Everybody Welcome, Everything Free.” […]